to the Group Champions of 2002
THE FIRST Purina PRO PLAN Group Champion of the Year took place in 2002, a competition designed to recognise dogs who consistently do well in group competition at the UKs general and national group championship shows throughout the year.
The overall winner came from the terrier group, Ron Ramseys Kerry Blue, Ch Torums Tunde Bayou, who amassed 100 points. A prolific winner over the last couple of years, Tunde is, of course, a full brother to the Crufts and now Westminster BIS-winning Ch Torums Scarf Michael, who has continued his phenomenal show career in the USA since arriving there a couple of years ago.
To secure top spot in the Group Champion of the Year competition, Tunde won 12 group places, eight of which were Group 1s. He was also BIS at Leeds and RBIS at WELKS, Bath and Blackpool.
Runner-up Group Champion was the pastoral group leader, Christina Baileys OES, Ch Zottels You Dont Fool Me, on 86 points. Lionel had one more group placing than Tunde (13), four of which were Group 1s (including Crufts). He was also BIS at East of England and RBIS at Birmingham National.
A son of the famous Ch Lamedazottel Flamboyant, who was Top Dog All Breeds in 1991 and 1992, Lionel emulated his sires Top Dog status by winning the title last year.
The other group leaders were Billy Cannell, Joyce Grant and Susan Crummeys American Cocker, Sh Ch Afterglow Arabella, the gundog group winner, who finished 3rd overall on 82 points. She won BIS at Blackpool, National Gundog and SKC (Aug) on top of her 11 group placings, six of which were Group 1s.
Sara Pettit and Gavin Robertsons PBGV, Ch Afterglow Woody Woodpecker, the hound group winner, finished 5th overall on 68 points, despite being retired from the show ring at the end of August. Woody totted up 10 group placings including five Group 1s and Group 4 at Crufts, and he was BIS at South Wales.
Top of the toys was Carol Davies S/C Chihuahua, Ch Dachidas Master Angel, who was 7th overall on 62 points. He won seven group places, including five Group 1s and two Group 2s, plus RBIS at Leeds, Bournemouth and Darlington.
Peter Newman and Melanie Spavins Miniature Schnauzer, Ch Hideki Whos That Guy with Risepark, headed the utility breeds, finishing 8th overall on 54 points. He won eight group places, three of them Group 1s; he was also BIS at Bournemouth and RBIS at BUBA.
The working group winner was Alberto and Jane Alvarezs Giant Schnauzer, Ch Zamoranos Picasso, who finished joint 9th overall on 50 points. He won seven group places, three of which were Group 1s (including Crufts).